God, this holiday season’s not getting off to a good start. Do you remember me complaining about my battle with doctor Franken-Helsing in October? The one that ruined my boots? Well, would you believe his sister—who’s been quietly awaited the second coming in my graveyard out back—the bitch rose from the grave last night, and dragged her zombie behind in her…to steal my boots!!! In the process, she fouled up certain of our electronics and my minions had to go in and untangle the mess. So, blame the delay on her zombie butt. *stomps across floor enraged* I swear, if it wasn’t useless to kill the dead, her head would be joining the ornaments on my Yule tree for sure. Maybe I can get Santa’s number and seduce him—I mean talk him into bringing me a new pair. Maybe he’ll let me put a curse on the Franken-Helsing family. Maybe that’ll keep their zombie butts in the grave where they belong…you think? Sorry folks.
While I try to figure out a new course of action. I have a guest speaker here to entertain you, folks. Please welcome romance writer, Linda LaRoque to our little home to tell us a little about her futuristic tale, Born In Ice.
Hey Linda, have you found anything in the future useful for defeating zombie vampire slayers?
Born in Ice
This futuristic romantic suspense story grew from a dream, one of a woman frozen in a block of ice and found by fishermen from an undersea world. She’s taken to their home and with the help of advanced medical technology, she recovers. In time she learns she must learn to fit into their social system, one different from what she’s known.
Pulled from an icy grave…into a world of doubt and danger.
Frozen in ice for seventy-five years, Zana Forrester suffers the agony of rebirth to learn her son is dead, and her daughter’s whereabouts is unknown. The year is 2155. A man’s soothing voice and gray eyes haunt her drug induced dreams. When she recovers, she meets their owner and finds her heart in danger. But, a relationship isn’t a consideration; she must find her daughter.
Brock Callahan is drawn to the beautiful woman taken aboard his salvage ship. He’s determined she’ll be his wife and a mother to his young daughter, but he vows not to love her. All the women he’s loved died. While Zana searches for her daughter, Brock must protect Zana from the evil that threatens.
My editor for Champagne Books has graciously given permission for me to post the Prologue and Chapter One of Born in Ice, so for 10 days I’ll be sharing another installment.
Chapter One – installment 10
The vehicle was a self-sealing model, one that upon impact sealed
the interior from water and gases, including oxygen. The purpose was to
preserve any life-form inside. On occasion, individuals found in bergs were
thawed, and life resuscitated.
In 2065 when widespread temperatures dropped to dangerous levels,
a drug was developed to help protect body tissues, under certain conditions,
from freezing. Individuals five years and older took a monthly dose of the
preparation. The medication gave cells the ability to be frozen and thawed
with minimal damage. Of course, there were exceptions, cases where the
procedure failed, but the success rate was over fifty percent.
Lost in thought, Brock started at Luke’s question.
“Do you know the location of the deactivation switch, Skipper?”
“Yeah.” Brock walked around, peering inside the darkened windows.
He couldn’t see much, but a shadow in front gave him pause. “Call the
hospital, and have them send a hermetic pod in case we find a body.” The
container would help preserve life if it was present. He was nervous as hell.
Always was when they pulled one of these babies out of the water. It was a
constant shock to see a human, frozen and resembling a figure in a wax
museum display, but finding bodies without hope for survival haunted him.
“They’ve got one on the way.”
He reached under the driver’s side fender well. The small box was
easy to locate. He twisted the lever, opened the container, and pushed the
button. A flurry of clicks sounded around the car.
Brock opened the door. A blast of cold air whooshed out. The faint
smell of death washed over him filling him with dread. He staggered back for
a moment. The first thing he noticed was the child’s seat in the back. Empty.
He drew near again and saw the driver’s seat was reclined. A body lay curled
on its side holding a bundle close.
His voice gruff, he called, “Bring us a light. Luke, open the doors on
the other side.”
Digger held the light as Brock leaned in to look at the bowed figure
on the seat. From the person’s figure and profile, there was no denying the
delicate features beneath the mask belonged to a woman. She was dressed
from head to toe in a silvery grey snowsuit with fur-trimmed matching boots.
Fur as soft and as gray as a dove’s wing edged her parka making her appear
even more ethereal. Dark lashes brushed her face covering, similar to a ski
mask, made with cut-outs for her eyes, nose, and mouth.
He carefully pulled the blanket away from the bundle and groaned at
the mummified features of what had once been a child. Oh, God, no. Not a
Tomorrow I’ll be ending my blog tour on Rachel Firasek’s blog at http://www.rachelfirasek.com/ I hope you’ll stop by as I share 3 books on my Christmas Wish List. Thank you all for taking this journey with me. Wow, I can’t believe I made it!
Please leave a comment today to be
entered into a drawing for an ecopy of A Way Back, my time travel set in the 1930s oil fields of Texas. Your name will also be entered in the GRAND PRIZE drawing for my blog tour—a KINDLE. A name will be draw at the end of my tour on December 16th.
I also have a release contest going. Sign up for my newsletter by emailing me at email@example.com with Born in Ice in the subject lin e. Your name will be added to the drawing for this rhinestone frog pin. For each of my releases I try to find a piece of jewelry significant to the story. After reading Born in Ice you’ll understand why I chose this frog.
Wow. sounds great, Linda! Good luck with it. And once again, sorry for the delay. Hopefully, my minions have locked the zombie back in her grave and we won’t have this trouble again! Thanks so much for your patience. Folks, don’t forget to leave Linda a comment so you get in the running for this cute frog. And for more on Linda LaRoque’s works, see her website, or her blog.
and if you’d like to check out–or purchase–Born In Ice (or A Way Back) for yourself, you can do so here and here.
Have a great day, good luck to all who enter, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and watch out for the zombies!
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